Trip Start Jul 17, 2007
15Trip End Feb 12, 2008
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Well to cut this story short I left the next day for a number of reasons but not before having an in depth conversation with Mukti Dharma (the person not quite in charge but you get the idea) and later with his second in command while he readied the jeep for my departure
On arrival back into Nelson I met up with Deby and met an amazing guy called 'tedy' after talking to this guy I realised he was largely just repeating what the people in the retreat had said to me. Although it was inevitably with a more western choice of words, I can honestly say that this was grew into one of the weeks that has helped shape my thoughts/reactions to life and my view on the world... Deep
So that evening me and Deby decided to go down to Wanaka together but refusing to pay the ridiculous price for the bus it was time to use the thumb and hitch it. All 840km's of it. After getting to Wanaka me and Deby said our goodbyes and she carried on her journey to Queenstown but not before a proper BBQ with some friends of mine that I was staying with. Wanaka was beautiful loads of walking but apart from that, it was pretty quiet with it not being winter (Wanaka's one of the main skiing areas in NZ). Night life is great by the way, we also visited the Wanaka beer works and had a tasting session of the beers. The tour around the brewery was very laid back, and when I say laid back we pretty much showed ourselves around! So after all this excitement I reluctantly left and headed to Christchurch in preparation for my flight home.
Oh, by the way if anyone doesn't know I'm back in the country
So, I'm gonna own up my first impression of Christchurch when I went to that MUSE gig for my birthday wasn't great but I had an awesome time. Spent my first day just watching rugby sevens on tele' and got chatting to a couple of people from the UK called 'bill' and 'helen' and apart from the odd loud American who pretends he's Canadian (yeah, go figure) the conversation was very pleasant. The next day me n bill went and played glow in the dark crazy golf!!! And yes it was life changingly good, I don't look at golf in the same way anymore. Then met up with Helen for a dose of Johnny Depp/Tim Burton/ Helena Bonham Carter. Can you tell what we saw yet? Well for everyone's benefit (it was Sweeney Todd) didn't quite realise it was a musical but hey, that's how I roll.
So after the film the 5 of us, yes there were taggers on. Went to a bar that had been recommended to us, watched the sevens final, samoa lost, I was sad. Randomly met a couple of the England cricket players - Ian Bell, and Tim Ambrose, Tim is a great guy Ian on the other hand. Well, the less said the better.
The following morning the 3 of us me, bill and Helen (not tim and Ian) went to a sports bar that would supposedly be 'open' at 11am so we could watch the England vs Wales six nations game which never opened so we just ended up standing outside on the street starring at a tiny TV through the window
Sulked back to the hostel having played an embarrassing second half, packed and you'll never guess who I bumped into... TEDDY!!! So we got chatting, I missed my bus to the airport, Oops. Luckily the buses to the airport are frequent I got on the plane fine, met a really nice guy from Switzerland called 'Ralph' who I had a really in depth chat with in Dubai and as it happens Switzerland isn't as boring and beige as everyone thinks (by everyone I mean me). It's actually quite an interesting place, and is now on my visiting hitlist.
Flying over England was beautiful! Overcast weather and cold, I truly was home and couldn't stop smiling or tare myself away from the window. It was like I was looking at England with new eyes.
Anyways, I guess that this is the end then. I'm jobless but safe and sound in England, until June at least (I'm flying back to New Zealand to work the winter again and then who knows!) Thanks for reading, and thanks to anyone who's featured in these entries without you I wouldn't have had anything to write about!